Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

StFX student artists recognized, encouraged with Angus F. Macgillivray Art Bursary

April 3rd, 2019
L-r, Angus F. Macgillivray Art Bursary recipients are Hannah Kennedy and Paytan Robinson. Missing is Chelsey MacPherson.

Gratitude. Encouragement. Delight. 

These are just some of the words that StFX students Hannah Kennedy, Chelsey MacPherson and Paytan Robinson use to describe the feeling of being named 2019 recipients of StFX’s Angus F. Macgillivray Art Bursary.

The $750 bursaries recognize outstanding studio production and encourage young artists showing promise in the visual arts, and are named in honour of the late Angus F. Macgillivray, an exceptional artist, teacher and StFX fine arts department faculty member. 

To be considered, applicants submit a sketchbook and six finished artworks. Judges look for a mastery of skill in a variety of art mediums as well as a giving a sense of cohesive artistic vision.

“I was thrilled and very surprised! There is incredible talent and creativity throughout the art department at StFX, so it means a lot for my work to be recognized,” says Ms. Kennedy, a fourth year accounting student from Sackville, NS, who is taking a studio art minor. 

Over her four years at StFX, she has taken courses in batik, art history, printmaking, botanical drawing, painting, and drawing. 

She says receiving the bursary has given her the encouragement and motivation to continue to create and share more art.

“I had the best time studying the history of art and architecture, experimenting with different mediums and learning from my professors and classmates. I feel like I have gained so many valuable skills and knowledge through my art minor. This award and my experience with the art department has given me a great feeling of gratitude. Receiving the bursary will help fund my plans to travel and relocate after my degree is complete,” she says. 

Ms. MacPherson of Glengarry, ON, who is working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Celtic studies and has a background in fashion design, says receiving the bursary makes her feel supported and inspired to continue as an artist. 

She took oil painting classes with Andy MacLean, who she says eschews stress and is a wonderfully encouraging instructor. “I think art is important because it is one of the most effective mediums at reminding us of our humanity, replete with all its flaws,” she says. 

“I was thrilled when I learned that I had received the 2019 Macgillvray art bursary,” says Ms. Robinson, a second year chemistry student from L’Ardoise, NS and graduate of Richmond Academy in Louisdale, NS. 

“This means a lot to me; it is always great to be recognized for something you really care about and enjoy doing. Receiving this bursary will motivate me to continue making art for myself and others. Painting and sketching are really great ways to balance out your workload, especially when you have a lot of math or science.”

She is currently taking ‘intro to painting’ and last year took ‘intro to drawing.’

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